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Beach Party at Home

Beach Party InviteWhile cruising the aisles of a home decor store for my artist date, the fun beach themed dishes inspired me to host a beach party for my good friend’s birthday. By mid-June, Arizona’s not a place for outdoor parties so I brought the decorations inside.

No party is complete without invitations. I stamped these cute postcard style beauties.

I took my budding ideas where all good party planners go – Pinterest. Time and money helped restrain me from going absolutely crazy and transforming my entire house to a beach look. Time and money also kept me from doing some great, reasonable ideas too. But I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish.

First up, I got crafty and made this cool welcome sign for my front door. The how-to will have to wait for an upcoming blog post.Beach Party Welcome

Next up was a creative excursion to Hobby Lobby where I found the perfect (and affordable) plates with a bonus sign to add to my travel themed front room.Beach Party Plates

Then I went crazy with free printables I also found on Pinterest. I lined a couple of empty walls, one in the entry way and the other in the kitchen. I also added another grouping in the family room.Beach Party Collage

Finally, I pulled it all together with couple of fishing nets and a few lanterns.Beach Party

We kept the menu simple with BBQ burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, grilled pineapple, chips and these cute cupcakes.Beach Party Cupcakes

We had fun and the birthday girl enjoyed her special day. The decorations were so fun, I decided to leave them up all summer long. I could think of worse things to look at for the rest of the summer. I’d love to hear about your summer celebrations!

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April 2016 in the Books

CPCU

April CPCU

Another month down, and April 2016 is in the books. I’m approaching my last big test to complete my CPCU, an insurance designation, and I’m pretty overwhelmed. After my test, I’ll catch up on all those things that are building up while I’ve been studying.

-.2 – Pounds lost in April. My first weight loss this year.

2 – Blog posts, including my heartfelt Leaving Motherhood post.

3 – Books read. including my last CPCU book!

12 – Social events, I was sure a social butterfly last month! There was a couple of girl’s nights out and a couple more where we let boys come too, there was family dinners and even a birthday for a cute little boy.

April Party14 – Projects completed, including finishing my taxes and I helped my daughter with her’s too. I’m so glad tax season is over.

23 – Workouts this month, one of my goals I’m doing well on.

38 – Photos on Instagram in April.

1301 – Words added to my new project. I’m not doing good at finishing a project, but right now I need to work on whatever story is in my heart.

1044 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, more than twice as many as last month!

64,650 Pinterest views.

Last month was crazy. Crazy busy. There were some good days, and some really bad days. But life keeps rolling along. Every day is a new opportunity to learn, grow and move forward. Here’s to another month to discover and explore.

Top Posts of April 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Leaving Motherhood
  4. Summer Goals
  5. Raingutter Regatta
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November 2015 in the Books

Christmas season is in full swing and I want to review November before it gets away completely. I can’t believe December is a third of the way over and I’m just barely wrapping up November. I have so many ideas I want to write about, now if I could just get that whole time thing under control.

1.6 – Pounds gained, I guess my boost in exercise was not enough to offset the holiday goodies.

2 – Pies made, both of them were Chocolate Mousse Praline Pecan.November 2015 lights

2 – Books read, only one was an insurance book.

3 – Blog posts this month! It’s been way to long since this poor blog had that much attention.

5 – Social events; there was a Girls Night Out, a Blogger event that introduced my to barre (no Mom, there wasn’t any drinking involved), a studio tour that made yearn for more time to be creative, Zoolights, and of coarse Thanksgiving.

18 – Projects completed, some of them were fun and others I’m just glad to have out of the way.

November 2015 leaves23 – Photos added to Instagram.

41 – Leaves on my gratitude tree

48 – Rolls made for Thanksgiving, that and the pie is my favorite part of the dinner.

1458 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, it’s nice to see the extra attention to my blog paid off.

82,733 – Just Wanna Be Me Pinterest viewers.

With the holidays and National Write a Novel Month happening in November, everyone is busy. I’d love to hear about your successes, attempts and accomplishments in the comment section below!

Most Popular Pinterest Boards in November 2015

  1. Treats
  2. Dinners
  3. Writing
  4. Breakfast
  5. Home Decor

Top November 2015 Just Wanna Be Me Pages

  1. Thanksgiving Pack Meeting
  2. Pizza Nachos
  3. Gratitude Tree
  4. Prophets and Brownies FHE
  5. Book Theme Party

 

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Halloween Recap

Halloween Mummy PizzasAs I was preparing my blog post about celebrating Thanksgiving for just me, I realized it’s important to review what worked for Halloween so I can make any necessary adjustments. I actually had a lot of fun even on Halloween though I didn’t spend it with my kiddos. Not everything turned out like I had planned but it was still okay.

  • I ruined my costume when I tried to clean it.
  • My mummy pizzas weren’t as much of a hit at the work potluck, but my kids enjoyed the leftovers.
  • The pumpkin contest was a flop with only two entries. Mine is non-traditional enough that I left it up as a fall decoration.

But several things were really good.

  • Halloween Bean Bag TossMy boyfriend and I spent the afternoon decorating the driveway for the trick-or-treaters. Including a ginormous chalk jack-o-lantern drawn on the driveway.
  • We played several rounds of Trivia Crack in between the waves of crowds.
  • All but one kiddo played along with our giant bean bag toss. We asked them if they wanted to toss the bean bag for a chance to win bonus candy or prizes. If the bean bag landed in the nose, mouth or eyes they got extra candy. If they landed on the eye brows, they got a banana. We gave away 2 bananas. If the bean bag landed on one of the pumpkin’s eye balls, they got a pineapple. We still had the pineapple at the end of the night.

Our activities kept me busy and interacting with the kids, but it brightened the night of those who stopped by my house. I loved watching the change in their faces from trudging down the street robotically saying “Trick of Treat” to their eyes lighting up for something different. Some of the teenagers were the most fun, they wanted the rules repeated for clarity and focused intently on their tosses. The celebration when one of them won a banana was impressive.

Overall Halloween was a success. I enjoyed my activities and interactions with my neighbors. It’s good to have a baseline game plan for next year.

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